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Hey guys, this is ArchAngel_ and I'm trying to build a computer because I realize buying one already put together is way too expensive and putting together a comp isnt that hard. I'll try to make this precise and concise.

Goal: To be honest, I just want to play the Starcraft 2 Campaign on Ultra settings and not have a slight bit a lag is all. I'm sure other games will end up being played on fairly high settings just fine with the composition i put together. I would like to computer to be SLI ready but not going to do SLI immediately. Same with RAM, upgradeable up to ~20gb but not initially. I have thought of doing RAID, but also that won't be immediate. This is what I have quoted from a computer store I went to:

Motherboard: Intel DP55WB 1156 2PCI/2PCe/R-SATAx6/Audio7.1/GLAN/DDR3x4
DIMMs Kingston (RAM): 2048MB 128x64 240Pin DDR3 1333MHz
Graphics Card: 1.0GB PCIX 16X eVGA GeForce GTX465
Processor: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Power Supply: Something thats between 700W-1100W (brought to my attention SLI in the future would require a beefier power supply).
Tower Case: Just a full case, no real preference except that it's a full case. And I could care less for fancy lights, its whats in the inside that matters to me.

Now I'm not going to go into internal hard drives, keyboards, monitors, or cd/dvd/bluray drives (i think that covers everything else). I'd be perfectly fine with a stock keyboard and using my LCD tv as my monitor via HDMI cable until I buy a decent LED screen on black friday and I can figure out the internal hard drive and cd/dvd/bluray drives for myself.

Oh yeah, the place that quoted me gave the number $1475. I honestly don't see myself paying anywhere near that. Is this a good composition? And my last question was what about wiring and fans? Do I need to look at those also? And anyone could give me any maintenence tips for caring for my computer, it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the helps guys.

ArchAngel_
Edited by Archangel_ - 5/9/11 at 3:04am
post #2 of 28
I would go with a sandy bridge (2500K) and a HD6950 2GB myself. SB OCs like hell
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umm... yeah i didn't really catch any of that =/
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Originally Posted by Tuxi View Post
I would go with a sandy bridge (2500K) and a HD6950 2GB myself. SB OCs like hell
Yeah, you'd be best going with a socket 1155 board (not a reference intel board like the one you suggested) with a 2500k chip. Cheaper and faster.

The 6950 is arguably the best price/performance card atm, although if you want nvidia then go for a 560.

Consider getting an ssd instead of raid, as well.

A good (corsair, antec etc) 700-800W psu will be more than sufficient for an sli/crossfire system
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Looks like you have a Intel 1156 socket motherboard and a 1366 socket processor which will not work.For your budget the new Intel Sandybridge processors are the way to go.Give me a little time and I will post some examples for you.
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post #6 of 28
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i appreciate the response fluxlite.

I've always been an NVIDIA guy, so I will look into the 560. I will also look into the socket 1155 board.

And about raid, the thought of it was nice, but I doubt I would ever really need/use it. And I believe Antec was PSU they recommended, I'll take a look into corsair as well.
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You know redwoods, someone told me that I had to make sure all the sockets were correct or else the parts wouldn't be compatible.. im glad you were able to catch that cuz i know i sure wouldnt have.
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Here is what I put together for you on newegg and amazon:

edit: I had to redo this cuz I don't know how to copy and paste my newegg.com cart
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157229
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139020
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151188

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130604
or

Total is around $980 before tax and shipping. If you wanna save money get a 460 1gb ~$160-200, heck even a 5770 ~$110 can max it out unless ur playing those tower defense maps.

I chose a 560 with lifetime warranty from evga but you can can get the MSI 560 twin frozr instead if you care less about the lifetime warranty and more about the performance of the cooler and overclocking.

Also if you search around you might get better prices but these are solid parts
Edited by T3chAdd1ct - 5/9/11 at 3:11am
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Here's the catch,

Sandy Bridges follow a socket numbered as 1155
Don't mistaken them for the 1156, they're the "i3/5/7" family I believe, 2nd generation?
And the first generation i7s were socket 1366.

Oh you could say they're the 1967's Mustang for 1366
and... the 1155 are the new, shiny, Dodge Vipers.
Hope you got this so far LOL.

Cars are similar to computers, the way I explain a CPU to car wheels and the GPU to the engine. Catching my drift?

(drift, haha, terrible joke)
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post #10 of 28
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t3chaddict.. the link you gave me did not work, im gonna guess it was because you were logged onto your profile?

spammist, yeah im starting to understand the socket differences.. pretty much you need one end on the board and the other end on the processor or whatever else you're connecting to the board. in the simplest of terms.. i'll change the numbers to shapes.. you cant put a square object into a triangular hole thanks for the car reference though
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